Outpouring of support after devastating fire destroys CPMU ambulances, support still needed

New York, NY, November 24, 2014 – In the aftermath of a devastating fire that destroyed two-thirds of Central Park Medical Unit’s ambulance fleet, the agency has been the recipient of an outpouring of support from the community.

Within hours of the news of the fire, a Crowdrise fundraising campaign began accepting donations online, aimed at making up the gap between the expected insurance recovery and the actual replacement cost of the vehicles and equipment. By Monday morning–less than 4 days after the fire–the campaign had received over $40,000 from 180 individual donors. This is more than 25% of CPMU’s goal to raise $150,000 — the funding necessary to cover the gap between expected insurance payments and the cost of 2 replacement ambulances. To help CPMU achieve its goal, donate via Crowdrise.

Also within a day of the fire, both the NorthShore-LIJ Health System and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital contacted CPMU with offers to donate loaner ambulances to CPMU. “These tremendous offers of support allow us to get back on our feet quickly while we make more permanent arrangements to replace the custom-built vehicles,” said CPMU President Rafael Castellanos. Castellanos reported that both NorthShore-LIJ and NewYork-Presbyterian are also in the process of re-striping the vehicles to carry CPMU’s name, at no cost to the Medical Unit. “I am simply floored by their generosity.”